1 | Meet Our Team

Meet Our Reforestation Team

The NFF’s Tree Planting team works closely with our supporters - corporations, individuals and small businesses - and our partners at the U.S. Forest Service to build partnerships that plant trees to restore our National Forests. We listen closely to our supporters interests, and craft partnerships that celebrate their commitment and our impact together. We take pride in providing responsive and personable support for our partners and supporters.

Mindy Crowell

Reforestation Director

Mindy Crowell joined the NFF Team in March of 2020 and serves as the Reforestation Partnerships Director. Mindy holds a Master’s Certificate in Natural Resources Conflict Resolution from the University of Montana along with experience in developing and implementing public engagement campaigns, facilitation, fund development and a Communications Degree from Gonzaga University. As a former co-host and producer on the Outlandish podcast, Mindy loves hearing about the stories and adventures people have on our public lands and she is passionate about positively impacting America’s favorite national real-estate. Mindy is excited to be a part of the Tree Planting Team’s efforts, 50 Million For Our Forests, investing in healthy forests for today and for future generations. When she’s not engaging with her team at NFF, Mindy can be found out trail running with her beast of a dog, Archer, spending time with her husband, Daniel, or enjoying a lovely glass of wine with a good book.

Contact Mindy if you're interested in a custom or national corporate partnership.

Monica Perez-Watkins

Reforestation Program Manager

Monica supports the NFF's reforestation program by managing projects and funds, developing content, and supporting partnerships. She has more than a dozen years of experience in the conservation field, and a B.S. in Wildlife & Conservation Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Studies. She is thrilled to support reforestation efforts on National Forests and loves developing partnerships with the Forest Service and grantees to expand our regional scopes of work. In her off hours, Monica enjoys soaking up the Montana sunshine on the water and in the woods with her family, and curling up with a good book.

Abby Schembra

Reforestation Partnerships Coordinator

Abby joined the NFF in September of 2021 as the Reforestation Partnerships Associate. In this role she’s excited to provide strategic partnership, content, and overall program support for small businesses, corporate partners, and peer-to-peer fundraisers in our incredible campaign to plant 50 million trees. With a background in nonprofit program management and fostering meaningful relationships, Abby is delighted to work alongside partners to reforest our beloved national forests.

Abby is committed to enjoying the smaller things in life, connecting with others, and experiencing new things. She feels her best when she is exploring outdoors, hearing a really great song for the first time, or traveling with intention.

Contact Abby if you are interested in a funding partnership or have questions about peer-to-peer fundraising.

Anna Wemple

Umpqua Reforestation Coordinator

Anna was born and raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and has a lifelong connection with and love of Western Oregon forests. She earned a BS from the Evergreen State College and is currently working towards a MS in forestry from Oregon State University. She's worked in forestry for over 25 years doing everything from fighting wildfire, tree planting, trail construction, tree planting inspections, and stocking surveys. When she's not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and hiking in the forest with her dog Kenai.

Caroline Chouinard

Reforestation Sr. Associate

Caroline joined the NFF in June of 2023 as the Reforestation Sr. Associate. She is responsible for corporate partnerships, communication and content development, and fundraising and program support on the Reforestation team. Caroline previously worked in the Eastern Region of the USDA Forest Service on the Indigenous Research and Mapping project, and they have bachelor’s degrees from Sciences Po and Columbia University in Political Humanities and Sustainable Development.

Caroline is excited to be working at the forefront of holistic reforestation and investments in healthy forests for a healthier climate today and for generations to come. The Reforestation team occasionally has the amazing opportunity to visit their project sites, and Caroline jumped right in with a spring 2023 visit to the beautiful mountainsides of the Lolo National Forest, Montana. When Caroline isn’t talking all things trees, they enjoy dancing, swimming in cold lakes, propagating plants, darning socks, and trying new restaurants.

Contact Caroline if you are interested in a funding partnership or have questions about peer-to-peer fundraising.

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